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Don’t leave your sexual health to chance. Many people have STDs and don’t even know it because they are not symptomatic. The best way to treat potential infections and prevent spreading them to your partners is with regular screening.
Per capita, New Mexico reports some of the highest incidences of STDs in the nation. Many of those cases are reported in Bernalillo County, where Albuquerque is located, per the CDC’s Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance 2019 report. In addition, Bernalillo County had the seventh-highest Chlamydia cases in the state, which disproportionately impact African American, American Indian, and Hispanic populations.
Getting tested is easy. For instance, at the nonprofit organization Gallup Health Cooperative, you can get free, anonymous STD testing as long as you don’t have symptoms. At the same time, the Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless provides testing for at-risk individuals in Albuquerque.
Albuquerque Area HIV/AIDS Prevention Services
South Broadway Center
North Valley Center
South Valley Family Health Commons
Albuquerque Indian Health Center
South Valley Health Commons
Midtown Public Health Office
Northwest Valley Public Health
Northeast Heights Public Health Office
Northeast Heights Health Center
San Mateo Health Center
Family Health Clinic
Southwest Mesa Family Health Clinic
Southeast Heights Family Health Clinic
Atrisco Heritage Family Health Clinic
Testing for STDs at home is safe, convenient, and private. Performed regularly, it can help you stay healthy and avoid unknowingly transmitting STDs.
You have many options for at-home STD testing. The best at-home STD tests are FDA approved and evaluated for safety and accuracy with fast result turnaround times and support from health care professionals.
At-home STD testing kits should include instructions for collection and test registration, along with materials such as containers and swabs to collect and send your sample to the lab. Most at-home STD tests offer results in about five days through a secure online patient portal.
Choose the STD testing option you’re most comfortable with:
At home: You can test for STDs at home using a kit and send your sample to a lab for analysis.
If you think you might have an STD, it’s best to get tested. STDs don’t go away if you ignore them; they’ll just get worse and could grow into more serious health consequences. If left untreated, some STDs can lead to issues like infertility and more serious infections. You can also spread STDs to sexual partners if you have an untreated infection.
Ask your health care provider for STD testing recommendations or follow CDC recommendations for STD testing.
You can request specific STD tests or a full panel. An STD clinic can recommend tests based on your sexual health and symptoms.
A routine STD panel may include:
A full-panel STD test adds:
The cost of an STD test will vary by location and test type. Some clinics, usually community or nonprofit clinics, offer free or low-cost testing. Labs, clinics, and at-home testing companies may accept insurance to cover or lower your cost of testing.
Lab testing fees range from $8 to $150. At home tests cost between $35 and $175 per test.
Appointment policies vary by location, so call ahead or check the clinic website before you head in for a test. Some clinics or testing centers accept walk-ins or have same-day or next-day appointments.
Your STD test results time will depend on the test. Some clinics offer rapid HIV testing, which can offer results in less than 30 minutes. Bacterial STD testing (chlamydia, gonorrhea, or syphilis) takes several days to get results, while viral STD testing (HPV, herpes, or HIV) results can take just one to two days.
Community-based STD testing organizations generate awareness and foster social change while providing access to testing and treatment.
If you’re concerned about visiting your regular doctor or can’t afford the cost of private testing, a community testing center may be able to help. While community testing centers may charge a fee for STD testing, it’s common to find free or low-cost testing from these resources:
Gallup Health Cooperative is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to preventing infectious diseases in Albuquerque. It provides free, anonymous STD testing for people who don’t have symptoms. STDs that you may be tested for include HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and hepatitis C. Conventional and rapid HIV and syphilis tests are offered. However, rapid testing isn’t available if you have a prior syphilis history. If you do test positive for an STD, you will be referred to nearby facilities for treatment.
600 E. Coal Avenue, Albuquerque, NM 87103, 505-726-9642
Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless is a member of Community Health Charities and provides an array of direct services for at-risk individuals in Albuquerque, including case management, counseling services, and social services. It operates a medical clinic where clients receive HIV and STD testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Same-day and appointment-based care are offered, and telehealth services are available. Depending on income, some clients may be eligible for free testing through Medicaid. Care is provided in English and Spanish.
1217 First Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102, 505-242-4644
The New Mexico Department of Health operates several free clinics throughout the state. Many of these clinics in Albuquerque offer STD services, such as screening, partner services, case management, and partner notification for positive STD results. Examinations and treatment for STDs are confidential and free of cost, and expedited partner treatment is available to prevent reinfection. Minors don’t need parental consent to seek testing and treatment. To receive services, contact your preferred clinic for an appointment.
2400 Wellesley Drive NE Albuquerque, NM 87107, 505-841-4100, Multiple Albuquerque locations
First Choice Community Healthcare is a nonprofit organization that operates several clinics in Albuquerque. It provides an array of health care services, including dental care, behavioral health, and medical services. Clients can receive testing for common STDs, such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, hepatitis, HIV, and syphilis, through the on-site lab. Test results are provided via mail, phone, or follow-up visit. To receive services, clients must call to schedule an appointment. Most major insurance plans are accepted, and a discounted sliding scale fee is charged based on income and family size. In some cases, clients may be eligible for free services.
1231 Candelaria Road NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107, 505-345-3244, Multiple Albuquerque locations
UNM Truman Health Services is an Albuquerque-based, patient-centered clinic that provides free rapid HIV testing services and STD screenings for all New Mexico residents. You can also receive healthcare assistance through preventative care, physical symptom resolution, nutritional support, and wellness programs. All services are available regardless of your ability to pay. In addition to testing, the center provides informational resources to help clients avoid transmitting or contracting STDs and HIV. To schedule a free testing appointment, call the clinic.
801 Encino Place NE, Building F, Albuquerque, NM 87102, 505-272-1312